Drilling Rules Expected To Clear Legislature, Head To Governor

The shaded areas show the extent of shale formations that geologists say are trapping massive deposits of oil and natural gas.(Photo: File photo)
The shaded areas show the extent of shale formations that geologists say are trapping massive deposits of oil and natural gas.(Photo: File photo)

Rules regulating oil and gas well construction, water handling, and chemical disclosure are ready to clear their final legislative hurdles and head to Gov. John Kasich.

The Ohio House was scheduled to vote Thursday on the new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations running under sections of the state. They are part of a wide-ranging energy bill that also addresses Ohio’s clean energy standard and makes dozens of other changes.

Barring floor changes to the bill, the Ohio Senate was prepared to concur on House changes later in the day. Their approval would send the bill to Kasich, who is expected to sign it.

Environmentalists oppose a House change that limits who can sue energy companies for chemical trade secrets.

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